Ex-official takes NUM to CCMA
FORMER deputy general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers is demanding that the union finds him a job like it did for former general secretaries Kgalema Motlanthe and Cyril Ramaphosa.
Oupa Komane has taken NUM to the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), claiming that it dismissed him unfairly.
Komane lost his position during the union's national congress in May when he vacated his position to contest the position of general secretary. He lost to Frans Baleni who was re-elected to the position.
The deputy general secretary's post was filled by Tshimane Montoedi.
NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said Baleni and Komane's positions were elected positions and it therefore cannot reverse congress decision.
But Komane is arguing that he did not resign from the union.
He is also demanding that like other former union leaders, Motlanthe, Gwede Mantashe and James Motlatsi, who have since left, he be allowed to keep the union vehicle. This is after Baleni had written to him demanding that he returns all union tools.
The matter was heard at the CCMA last week where Komane argued NUM was inconsistent in how it treated its officials.
Both Ramaphosa and Motlanthe were elected secretary-general of the ANC in 1991 (Ramaphosa) and 1998 (Motlanthe).
But NUM argued that Ramaphosa and Motlanthe were elected by ANC members and the union had nothing to do with their nominations.